Mower for a small yard
In a previous message (30-year-old Craftsman ...) I explained that my lightweight 20" push mower is perhaps done for. If I can't fix it I'll need a replacement.
I live in a twin rancher with about 1200 square feet of yard (front, side & back). There's a slight slope to the back yard and a bit of a hill abutting the sidewalk in the front that I mow crosswise. Takes 15-20 minutes and not too much of a strain with a light mower. But I think it would be hard with the 70-80 pound push mowers I looked at in HD today.
Most of my neighbors have cheap simple mowers (but heavier than mine). No one has a reel or electric mower, and since I have 50% zoysia grass I'm not sure a reel mower is right for me (and I don't like electric).
Do I need a self-propelled mower like a Toro Recycler 20066 or a Lawn Boy 10685? They seem like a lot of mower for 1200 square feet, and I'm used to mowing crosswise on that hill, turning on a dime, mowing circles around trees, and pushing back and forth into a few tight places between bushes. Or is there something light & non-propulsion that's good? The only mower I've seen that's light is the Snapper R196017B which is supposed to be 55 lbs, but I think it's discontinued and hard-to-find in my area.